9 Apr 2004

French Polynesian Vice President confident of election victory

10:30 am on 9 April 2004

The Vice President of French Polynesia says he's confident that his party will win the forthcoming election on May 23rd.

Edouard Fritch said the work that the government had done in rebuilding the economy of French Polynesia would pay off when people go to the polls.

Mr Fritch said the government had called an early election because of the territory's new statute of autonomy which came into effect in February.

But he said with just seven weeks to go to the election, the opposition has been left in disarray.

"They try to have a common list, the Fetia Api, the Tavini and the others. So the description of them is very heavy for them, very difficult for them. This is the reason they have lost time to prepare (for) this election because they can't have an agreement on a common list."